Tuesday, 22 April 2014

The Book of Me, Written by You - Week 33 - Regrets

Each week there are prompts which require answering.

Week 33 - Regrets

I found this prompt quite hard, one as I probably do not like to live in REGRET but at the same time some of my regrets in retrospect have turned out for the better. I also do not think I have any MAJOR regrets but in time I suppose I will...

I often think back to certain points in my life and regret the ways in which I reacted to something or wish I had done or said something different in certain situations. Most of them are not massive regrets but now I look back and realise I have learnt something from each of these experiences which have changed how I may react or what I might say in the future. Each day we become wiser and more experienced!!

There are a few friends I regret not having kept in better contact with and now have lost contact altogether... but in retrospect we cannot all keep in close contact with all of our friends from the past.

I regret eating a lot of rubbish and not doing enough exercise over the past weeks and months as I regret putting on that weight back on that I spent the whole of last year losing!!! After enjoying my Easter eggs and now the weather is getting better is my challenge to get back into shape.

In some ways I regret buying my little house, as now we're struggling to sell it and want to buy somewhere larger, but we're stuck until we can sell it... but at the same time it has been an awesome house and when I bought it, I did not expect to get married 2 years later and out grow it with my husbands LEGO collection. But then again if I hadn't bought the house perhaps we would have never got together....?!

I love drinking big creamy hot chocolate but using about 15 minutes later I am regreting it, when my tummy is reminding me of my lactose intolerance!!!

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

The Book of Me, Written by You - Week 32 - How do you de-stress?

Each week there are prompts which require answering.

Week 32 - How do you de-stress?

Ok, so I am quite a stressy person, especially over recent months but I really struggle to find the time to sit, relax, rest and de-stress.

I have been thinking a lot about what strategies I can put into place to make me a less stressy person...
  • Fresh country air is always a good one with some exercise as well - I work in a dark room all day so finding the times to get out to the countryside and enjoy a dose of sun is always good for the soul
  • Music and especially playing music is a great way to relax and de-stress
  • Generally getting away from my computer for a period of time is a good one, but I do need total peace and quiet to be able to sit down to read a book and if there's someone else in the room I find this very hard but yet it is relaxing.
  • My introverted spirit needs some just "ME" time, time away from people including my husband is needed every now and again to allow me time and space to process the big questions and chill.
  • Previously researching my family history was always a great way to chill, but recently I have not found it helpful to use it as a de-stress and have taken a bit of a break....although I do want to get back to researching soon!!!

My stress can be caused by many things...
  • Breaking of routines, for example, when the car breaks down, floods in the kitchen...
  • Disorganisation - if I feel disorganised even if I'm not it makes me stress...
  • Busy-ness (although I also love busy-ness so this is a balance I need to get right!)
  • My work can be stressful at times, I work in a hospital as an Optician, so overbooked clinics and the usual madness of the NHS can become very wearing sometimes and stressful. But I do enjoy the job which is why I put up with madness.
  • Feeling overwhelmed or overloaded by things I need to do...

I know I am stressed when...
  • I feel as if I am living on an adrenaline rush
  • I cannot sleep
  • I sleep really, really well but wake up exhausted
  • I get to the end of the day and my whole body just aches
  • I feel as if my head is going to explode with things to remember!!!

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

The Book of Me, Written by You - Week 31 - What makes me proud?

Each week there are prompts which require answering.

Luke's graduation
So, what is it that makes me proud?

I am very proud of my husbands achievement of getting a DISTINCTION in his Masters degree!! I will be the proudest wife in the world when he lands himself his first animation job, which I believe he can do!!!!! He is also an amazing artist :)

I was proud of myself when I graduated with a 2:1 in Optometry at Bradford University and even more proud that I got through my pre-registration year and finally qualified even though it was a second attempt. 

My graduation

I am proud that I attempted my Grade 8 Clarinet exam even though I never passed it, I'm glad I tried whilst I had the chance. 

I love my job and am proud that I managed to get through the first year of it which was rather insane & stressful!!!

I am proud that I have been able to travel the world & experience so many different cultures even though I like to think I'm still young?!

I am house proud :)

I feel such a lucky person to have been brought up in such a way that I had the opportunities given to me to enable me to achieve these things and I am proud of my parents for giving me these opportunities in life.

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

The Book of Me, Written by You - Week 30 - First Day of School

Each week there are prompts which require answering.

I can quite honestly say I have no recollection of my first day at primary school!!!

The more I thought about it the less I seemed to remember, as I cannot even remember seeing a photo of it neither, I presume there will be one somewhere. I would have been nearly 5 years old when I started primary school and I presume my mum must have taken me with my younger brother probably in tow as well. 

My first school was St Saviour's County Primary School in Bacup which was at the time a green "temporary" prefab building (which remained for ~20 years!) in Stubbylee Park and we lived quite close so most probably walked to school.

My first teacher was called Mrs Myhill (if that's spelt correct) & the head teacher was a fun man named Mr Heys, he used to play funny songs on the guitar in assembly which we all enjoyed singing along to. Unfortunately he left the school in my first years there.

I was starting school with my friend from nursery called Charlotte, we would later move onto secondary school together and although we were not always bestest of friends, we were generally always friends.

We had no school uniform so I could have worn any clothes on my day at school.

Perhaps I'll have to ask my mum or dad some questions soon and update this post.

Saturday, 29 March 2014

March's Interesting Genealogical Blog Finds

Brotmanblog: A Family Journey

A interesting tale of Romanian ancestors moving to the US and how to find the relevant records, even when you hit a brick wall!

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

The Book of Me, Written by You - Week 29 - What's in your bag or pocket?

Each week there are prompts which require answering.

Week 29 - What's in your bag or pocket?

My pockets always contain:
  • a lip balm, for those cold wintery days of chapped lips
  • tissues, you never know when you're going to need one of them so they're always an essential especially as my nose generally always runs when I'm outside
  • my mobile phone, I do not go anywhere without that!!!

I do not always carry a bag, it very much depends on what I'm doing or where I am going. If I am walking somewhere locally with my husband I always rely on him having his keys and money and never take anything but than what is in my pockets. This is great except on the occasions when you are going out to drop your husband off somewhere and get back home by yourself realising your keys are inside the house!!!

I have 2 main bags I use, one being my work bag and the other my handbag.

My handbag always contains:
  • my camera, for those impromptu photography moments
  • my phone, as I said before as I do not go anywhere without it!
  • a packet of tissues
  • a pair of gloves, for those cold days
  • a lip balm
  • keys
  • my purse

My work bag is huge and sometimes a bit like Mary Poppins bag! It contains:
  • my folder, containing all those small pieces of paper I make random notes on and notepads I keep
  • my optometry equipment, whatever I require depending on the day
  • handcream, for those dry hands from constant washing in the hospital
  • a mirror, to make sure I always look my best
  • perfume, in case I forget to put it on in a morning before work
  • mouth freshener, as I have to get close to patient's faces so like to make sure my breath is pleasant
  • pencil case containing my pens, keyfobs, 
  • a bottle of water
  • lunch & snacks
  • reference books
  • the latest Optometry journal and magazines which I am still in the process of reading
  • ID badge
  • headphones
  • my keys
  • my purse
  • all the other "stuff" that gets added over time
  • AND a packet of tissues!!!

Saturday, 22 March 2014

An Odd Photo Find...

A few weeks ago, my dad had acquired an old photo album which I was having a flick through and we found this photo:

I know this isn't the best image as its a photo of the photo in the album, but it is a fresh grave adorned with flowers and a headstone commemorating the lives of my great grandparents. It surprised my father and I as we were fairly certain that there was no surviving gravestone (and presumed there had never been a headstone) as we had previously been on a hunt to find it but here there was a clear photo depicting the newish looking gravestone.

My father went back to the cemetery a few weeks ago to look for the stone and found it, so when I get chance this is a visit I need to also pay to find the previously lost gravestone of my great grandparents in Horsforth Cemetery, West Yorkshire.